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  • Aronofsky to head Berlin festival jury

    Aronofsky to head Berlin festival jury

    US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky was named jury president for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, the festival announced. Aronofsky, whose Black Swan set in the ballet world was a big hit in 2010, and who also...

  • Album ‘taylored’ for Swift success

    Taylor Swift’s new album has sold 1.287 million copies in its first week. Nielsen SoundScan said 1989 earned the largest sales in a week for an album since Eminem’s The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million units in 2002. Swift, 24, is the only artiste...

  • Dazzling performance

    Dazzling performance

    ConcertMusic by Bartók, Ravel, DvorákCharlene Farrugia, solo pianoMPO/ dir. Jean Marck BurfinManoel Theatre This was a pretty dazzling performance from beginning to end. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted with great energy and panache...

  • Joint sacred music choral concert

    ConcertSkanderborg Kammerkor/dir. Troels Lund Nielsen; St Paul Choral Society/dir. Hugo Agius Muscat soprano Laura Flensted-Jensen; piano, Niels Bo Emegren; piano and organ, Elisabeth ConradSt Paul’s Anglican pro-Cathedral This well-attended joint...

  • Dissecting the future

    Dissecting the future

    The Giver (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 97 minutesDirected by: Philip NoyceStarring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Emma Tremblay, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor SwiftKRS Releasing Ltd The...

  • Of loss and love

    Of loss and love

    The Best of Me (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 114 minutesDirected by: Michael HoffmanStarring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Sebastian Arcelus, Gerald McRaney, Jon Tenney, Caroline Goodall, Ian Nelson, Schuyler Fisk, Rob Mello,...

  • Lux Film Days

    The European Parliament Information Office in Malta, in collaboration with Euro Media Forum and AEDE Malta, is organising Lux Film Days 2014, a three-day film festival at St James Cavalier, Valletta. The festival will screen the three finalist...

  • Taylor Swift: I’ve shaken off Spotify

    Taylor Swift: I’ve shaken off Spotify

    Singer Taylor Swift, whose new album is likely to have the biggest opening week of sales in a dozen years, has pulled her entire catalogue from online music streaming service Spotify. Singers and bands, including Beyoncé and Coldplay, in the past...

  • Buzz Lightyear tops UK film quote poll

    Buzz Lightyear tops UK film quote poll

    “To infinity... and beyond” – the line uttered by Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear in 1995 – has triumphed over some of the most memorable movie classics to be named the best film quote of all time. The space ranger’s catchphrase came top of a poll...

  • Call the Midwife bags fifth series

    A fifth series of TV favourite Call the Midwife has been commissioned. The new instalment of the BBC1 drama, which is set in London’s East End, will feature a Christmas special in 2015 followed by a run of eight episodes in 2016. It has been...

  • New charts record for Ed Sheeran

    New charts record for Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran proved that it is better late than never as he topped the singles charts and broke a record while he was at it. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter’s track Thinking Out Loud made it to the summit after spending 19 weeks in the top 40. It...

  • Nightcrawler leads US box office

    Nightcrawler leads US box office

    Nightcrawler, a dark crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance cameraman in the high-speed world of siren-chasing journalism, topped sluggish weekend domestic box office charts with $10.9 million in ticket sales. Ouija, last weekend’s...

  • Filming Fifty Shades ‘not sexy’ – Dornan

    Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan said filming racy scenes for the film with co-star Dakota Johnson was “not sexy”. The Northern Irish actor appears as billionaire Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of E.L. James’s erotic novel,...

  • Watch: L-Irkant Season 1, Episode 3

    Watch: L-Irkant Season 1, Episode 3

    Travelling into the world of antiques, L-Irkant narrates the story behind the various pieces of art. It features real life auctions and follows processes of restoration giving viewers the opportunity to evaluate their own antiques.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal prowls wild side in crime thriller

    Jake Gyllenhaal prowls wild side in crime thriller

    He is a coyote, a starving coyote. Actually, he is a television reporter hankering for more blood and guts than anyone else. He is another deeply disturbing character for Jake Gyllenhaal. In the new crime thriller Nightcrawler, the actor plays...

  • Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed

    Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed

    J.K. Rowling revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her Harry Potter stories is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike – but whose name she has not disclosed. Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton in the...

  • National Book Festival promises to be a ‘holistic cultural experience’

    National Book Festival promises to be a ‘holistic cultural experience’

    International authors, a competition for debut writers, book launches, exhibitions, film and myriad other activities are set to transform this year’s edition of the recently-revamped National Book Festival into a holistic cultural experience that...

  • Who’s the daddy, then?

    Who’s the daddy, then?

    With just weeks to go until the ŻiguŻajg festival for children and young people, Jo Caruana meets the team behind one of the most anticipated performances – the premiere of #babydaddy. A lot can be achieved in a year. It was this time last year...

  • Exhibition to celebrate EU membership

    Exhibition to celebrate EU membership

    A collective exhibition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Malta’s accession to the EU is currently showing at the Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa. Organised by the Foundation for National Festivities, /ru:t/ features the works of eight...

  • The dynamic power of nature

    The dynamic power of nature

    Character, Mood & Atmosphere is a collection of 26 oil paintings by Louis Cassar that is being exhibited in Attard. The collection includes a series of idyllic landscapes. Yet, this mood contrasts boldly with a series of marine landscapes...

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